Alien: Isolation DLC Pass Expands Upon Survivor Mode

If you want the full Alien: Isolation experience, you’ll have to nab all the downloadable content.

As such, the DLC Pass is the best deal. It will include five expansions for the game’s intense Survivor Mode and while a price wasn’t confirmed, we learn on the PlayStation Blog that the Pass will save you 25 percent as opposed to purchasing all five DLC expansions separately.

The DLC features time-based challenges that tasks you with completing certain objectives while trying to escape a pursuing alien. At the game’s launch, Survivor Mode will only come with one map called Basement but a few weeks later on October 28, the first DLC will arrive and that will boast three new maps, each with its own unique set of objectives and enemies to kill. Fans will even get the option of a new playable character.

The second Survival Mode expansion is set for November and the rest will follow. Additionally, Sega announced that anyone who pre-orders the game will receive an automatic upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes two bonus missions with stars from the original 1979 film classic. If you don’t pre-order, you’ll be able to purchase this content at a later date.

Alien: Isolation is almost ready to go; it’ll release on October 7 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Related Game(s): Alien: Isolation

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9/17/2014 11:07:02 AM Ben Dutka

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The Evil Within TGS 2014 Trailer: Say Hello To Your Foes

The enemies you will face here are nightmarish, and rightfully so.

The title is a dead giveaway: Freaks abound. Publisher Bethesda Softworks has released a new TGS 2014 trailer for the upcoming horror game, The Evil Within, and the video showcases some of the deranged monsters you’ll see.

This isn’t really about gameplay; it’s more about introducing you to your future foes. Developed by Resident Evil guru Shinji Mikami and his Tango Gameworks studio, this game is bound to have an impact. Don’t forget that as Mikami wanted to return to his survival/horror roots, this isn’t an action game and therefore, not all these enemies can be killed by conventional methods. In fact, it’s feasible that initially, they can’t be killed at all.

Be prepared to use some strategy…if your fear doesn’t manage to get the best of you. The Evil Within hits store shelves on October 14 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Related Game(s): The Evil Within

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9/17/2014 11:19:20 AM Ben Dutka

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Source: PS4 Doubles Xbox One Sales

Provided they trust the source, Sony fans will love these numbers.

According to VGChartz, the PlayStation 4 leads the next-gen race by a healthy margin. In fact, in looking at the lifetime sales, it has sold twice as many units as Microsoft’s Xbox One.

The numbers, if accurate, look like this:

  • PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 10,191,770
  • Xbox One Total Sales: 5,131,517
  • Wii U Total Sales: 7,130,356

Those might be just about right, as Sony recently confirmed that the PS4 had indeed passed the 10 million mark worldwide. It’s also important to note that the Wii U launched a year before the PS4 and Xbox One, so that 7 million+ number is that much less impressive. As for monthly sales, the PS4 tops the list at 583,861, while the Xbox One is at 239,808 and the Wii U is at 214,210.

Can Sony maintain its large lead? The PS4 has outsold the competition each and every month it has been available, so…

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9/17/2014 11:33:14 AM Ben Dutka

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SingStar: Ultimate Party: A Smartphone Becomes a Mic

Never got into karaoke. But if you’re a fan, you’re probably a big SingStar follower.

As revealed over at the Euro PlayStation Blog, SingStar: Ultimate Party will land on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Europe next month.

Game director Chris Bruce also unveiled the game’s list of songs, which is 30-strong. It’s a relatively diverse sampling boasting artists like Kylie Minogue, TLC, Coldplay, Lionel Ritchie, One Direction and Pharrell Williams. And in a fresh twist, the game will let players use their smartphones as microphones to sing along with the game. Not sure how accurate that will be but hopefully, it’ll work out fine.

SingStar: Ultimate Party will launch alongside a major update for the standalone SingStar app on October 29. They haven’t announced a North American date just yet, but that’s probably because this franchise is much more popular in Europe.

Related Game(s): SingStar: Ultimate Party

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9/16/2014 9:36:41 PM John Shepard

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Battlefield: Hardline Delay Should Result In "More Innovation"

Innovation can be difficult to find these days.

This goes double for the first-person shooter genre, although some current projects are looking to create new experiences. Take EA’s Battlefield: Hardline, for example.

Visceral Games CEO Andrew Wilson says they pushed the game back (it’s now set for early 2015) because they wanted to bring “more innovation” to the game. He added that feedback gathered from the beta was a big part of the reason why they delayed the title, as players were saying:

“‘Yeah, we like this. This whole cops and criminals things is cool, but we think you could be doing things more differently.’”

At the time of the delay announcement, DICE Karl Magnus Troedsson said that feedback caused the company to “start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better.” Both single-player and multiplayer experiences will benefit from the extra time, which is good news for all FPS fans.

Of course, it’s difficult to get away from the standard “go there, shoot something” formula. That’s just the way shooters are, for better or worse.

Related Game(s): Battlefield: Hardline

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9/16/2014 9:26:42 PM Ben Dutka

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TGS 2014 Should Include Uncharted 4, FF Type-0 HD, More

The Tokyo Game Show is just around the corner, and the website for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan may have leaked some major titles.

According to Gematsu, several big-name games are on tap for the show, including Naughty Dog’s hotly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

There’s also logos for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Resident Evil Revelations 2¬†for the PlayStation Vita (which is interesting). Then there are several mystery titles that can be found in the folders for Sony’s lineup; these might include Until Dawn and Bloodborne. It looks like Grand Theft Auto V is also scheduled to make an appearance; presumably, they’ll show off the upcoming new version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

It remains to be seen what we’ll see for these titles, though. There’s a good chance we won’t see any Uncharted 4 gameplay, for instance, but you never know about the other games…hopefully, we’ll get different content than what we saw at E3 in June.

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9/16/2014 9:49:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Will You Invest More Money In Destiny?

The game is out, the reviews are in, and the moon dust won’t settle for awhile.

While we wait for that, how about a non-partisan question for those who have adopted Bungie’s newest game: after having some time with the experience do you plan to invest more money in it?

A simple question yes but there are, as with any investment, a few points to take into account. I say investment because Destiny plans to live for 10 long years and that will take time on your part, dedication (without being sidetracked by other multiplayer FPS), and of course getting the most out of the $60 you already spent.

Destiny isn’t some crowd hated free-to-play venture with more microtransactions than bullets. We expect to get a darn good experience for what we paid. I even dared to hope that should I choose to ignore all future monetary expansions I might still see some free content love from Bungie to keep me coming back. It is a game where we paid for a promise after all.

In any case the DLC is already on the horizon. With The Dark Below in December and House of Wolves some time in 2015, an Expansion Pass for both will cost you about $35. Using this as a benchmark let’s just pretend we will get two expansions per year minimum at $17.50 a pop. Adding the original $60 over the course of a ten year investment you can expect to pay over $400 on this game by the time it peters out.

Most people probably can’t make that big of a decision at this point but it does raise the question “How much time and money am I willing to put into this?” which begs another question, “How big of an online FPS gamer am I?” Most people seem to be focused on just how fun it is to play with friends, so the next question has to be, “Are my friends the kinds of gamers that will stick with this thing?”

There is much to consider before spending money yes? I’m having a blast with the game right now as it is but I have yet to see anything that would make me want to spend more around the holidays when many other games will have relegated Destiny to the proverbial back page of the news. Hopefully it will grow enough for the initial investors to want to spend more, but perhaps it has already wowed you enough to decide.

Will you spend more money on Destiny based on what you’ve seen so far?

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Destiny And CoD Will Overshadow Too Many Games This Fall

Anyone get the sneaking suspicion that the entire gaming world will only be talking about two games this holiday season?

It’ll reflect the current obsession with shooters and it might be inevitable. There’s a darn good chance that despite some hefty launches over the next few months, Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will keep stealing the majority of the headlines.

Don’t forget that the new CoD doesn’t release until November 4, so it’s ideally positioned – between the inevitable hype-laden lead-up and the post-release craziness – to keep the FPS fascination going after the Destiny talk trails off. Perhaps the heaviest hitters, like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 will be able to snag some of the spotlight, but even then it’ll be a struggle.

On top of which, it appears many of the mid-range games might get completely lost in the shuffle. This month’s Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a prime example, as might be titles like Alien: Isolation, Driveclub, and LittleBigPlanet 3. It doesn’t help that games that would’ve been immensely popular have been delayed: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield: Hardline, etc. So now, it looks like the fall will be dominated by two titles, unfortunately.

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9/16/2014 9:59:22 PM Ben Dutka

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PS4, Xbox One Versions Of WWE 2K15 Pushed Back

Oh, it’s not a big delay.

2K Sports has announced that the next-gen versions of the upcoming WWE 2K15 have been pushed back a few weeks. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will now launch on November 18; they were originally set for October 28.

However, it’s important to note that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are still on track for the latter date. The developer didn’t give exact reasons for the delay, but they did say that gamers will benefit from the extra time. Said Visual Concepts president Greg Thomas:

“Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles. The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”

It’s hardly the first game of 2014 that got pushed, but at least this one stays in 2014. However, it also means that November just keeps getting more and more packed; it already has Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and both Assassin’s Creed titles. ‘sigh’

Related Game(s): WWE 2K15

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9/16/2014 11:29:12 AM Ben Dutka

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ESRB Celebrates 20 Years Of Making The Industry Better

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) turns 20 today.

The freshly formed video game board issued its first ratings certificates on September 16, 1994. The organization formed with five major ratings categories: EC (Early Childhood), K-A (Kids to Adults), T (Teen), M (Mature), and AO (Adults Only). These ratings have changed slightly over the years but the goal has always been the same.

Of all the games rated by the ESRB in the past two decades, 94 percent have received a T rating or lower, and 70 percent were rated E. All told, the ESRB has rated games submitted by more than 9,500 companies for more than 40 different platforms. But even better, awareness of these ratings “remains consistently high,” as 85 percent of US parents say they know all about the ESRB. Former US Senator Joseph Liberman, who headed up the hearings concerning violent games back in the ’90s, had this to say:

“Twenty years ago, I listened as the video game industry said they could put a system in place that parents would trust, retailers would use, and game developers would adhere to. I’m proud that today the ESRB ratings are so widely accepted and reaffirm the belief that industry self-regulation is not only possible, but can be highly effective.”

Yeah, we all hated Lieberman back in the day, but he was right. We did need a ratings system and now we’ve got a great one. And the board doesn’t squelch creativity; in fact, it assists it: Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price added that the ESRB has been “essential” in protecting the freedom of developers:

“A lot of people don’t realize it, but games have been under threat of governmental regulation for years. However, thanks in large part to the transparent, voluntary ESRB ratings system, we as an industry have been able to successfully protect our constitutional rights. The bottom line for me is that without the ESRB’s rating system, the industry would not be where it is today.”

All very true. Happy Birthday, ESRB!

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9/16/2014 11:44:31 AM Ben Dutka

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